A couple of weeks ago I had the privilege of serving on a grant panel review for ACTA, the Alliance of California Traditional Arts. It was really nice to get out of the Texas mindset and learn from distinguished colleagues all that is going on in California. Let me tell you - they've got lots going on!
All the fiddle styles for the Festival of Texas Fiddling are, at their heart, music for dancing. This Festival highlights that symbiotic perfection of fiddle and dance --all in the ideal setting of the historic Twin Sisters Dance Hall that has always been the home for it.
My home, home is Brownsville, Texas but I consider San Benito my spiritual home, and certainly the home of my career as an arts administrator. I owe it all to this place – the Narciso Martinez Cultural Arts Center – and I’m always happy to return to its flagship program, the annual Conjunto Festival.
Diana Torres is a student at the University of Texas at Austin, where she studies Human Development and Family Sciences. Diana is the oldest, of five siblings, the youngest being only 5 years old. Maria and Victor Torres immigrated from Leon, Guanajuato, Mexico in 1992 and decided to raise a family in Edinburg, TX (AKA The Valley) because that is where Mr. Torres's parents and grandmother were living.
A special thank you to the Library of Congress and the Kennedy Center for hosting these talented musicians. You can find an article on the LoC website written by our very own Charlie Lockwood here! Additionally, you can find some footage of the festivities here.
Keeping in tradition of my annual Big Squeeze blog post, I’d like to start this year’s recap by declaring 2014 the Year of the Armadillo. When Austin design firm Frank+Victor revamped our Big Squeeze logo to include the armadill-accordion image, my coworker Michelle mentioned that soon after, many other music programs and festivals were using the armadillo on promotional materials.
This post is long overdue, but it's important that I get something down while the events are still somewhat fresh in my mind. I try to travel to New Orleans at least once a year, both for the pure fun and enjoyment the city provides, but also to stay in touch with people and communities I have worked with over the years.